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steering question for the 70's 114

I just replaced the entire front end and steering including rebuilding the gear box and a rebuilt power steering pump.Had the car aligned yet it still has a little play in the steering-is this normal for this mercedes 72 250? is there an adjustment internally?if so whats the setting? Thanks guys
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RE: steering question for the 70's 114

Did you just reseal the steering box or replace the sector shaft?

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dont know german star i had it rebuilt professionaly-i assume what ever that could be taken out and replaced was done but ill ask-so i take it that there shouldnt be a drop of play then?
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RE: steering question for the 70's 114

Hi chaunsy.

I allways adjust the steering gear allowing a slight play. If adjusted too tight, it will literally steer like a GAZ Volga. It just won't center correctly. That's not what we want.

It's easy to adjust it with 2 spanners on top.

Hard to say if it's too loose in your case without seeing it, but I would not have it too tight. Finish the job, and test the vehicle. You can fine tune it later.

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RE: steering question for the 70's 114

Thanks for the response-well its not bad-i have about and inch on each side i think before i feel some movement-this is my first mercedes-im use to restoring american cars so i know what to expect. I just wanted to make sure that after spending 1500.00 on the steering and suspnesion work that i wasnt stuck with a crappy rebuilt gear box. As for the adjustments i didnt see any on the box but then again i only looked for a sec. I think ill take your advice and leave it as is. Im more concerned now with the transmission-I found from reading these forums that the tranny on my car is archaic based on the old trannies found on the late 30's oldsmobiles. This is the one thing I dont understand-so much engineering just to cop out on the tranny? Maybe im missing something-dont know-just wish there was a book soley based on the transmissions of my model that would help with adjustments-etc-all the books I have found yet are not very informative on electrical and the tranny. Anyway thanks a lot-I really love this site-you guys have a drink on me if you ever stop into hollywood ca!!!!!
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Two inches of play is beyond spec for a steering box.

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Hey german star,
I meant its an inch on each side-so are you saying that the sterring when done right should be as responsive as any other classic car of that year?
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RE: steering question for the 70's 114

my '72 w115 has about 1/4" play, which I wreckon is ok... my old 123 had about 3/4" either way when I got it, so I adjusted it as mentioned above and got it to about 1/4" (movement at top of steering wheel) which I thought was ok, and it centred just fine... ...1" either way is excessive IMHO
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